Originally posted on More Than Tomorrow Project:
In June of 2009 Monika D. and her immediate family, with assistance from The International Organization for Migration (IOM), left Nepal–along with all of those things that you can’t leave behind–for a new beginning in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, NY. While the transition would prove to be a bumpy one, today Monika is a thriving sophomore at Manhattan’s International High School with lofty ambitions for her future.
Those that know Monika well credit her with scripting her own immigrant success story. Still, as she is quick to point out, “helping hands” along life’s road occasionally deserve mention, too. One such pair of hands, according to Monika, belong to The More Than Tomorrow Project, who, in her words is: “Always there to help us with our computer.”
We recently caught up with Monika to ask her about lentils, life and Linux. What follows is a condensed version of our conversation.